How the IAF downed a Syrian SAM missile

A top Israeli Air Force officer provided operational context to the unusual Arrow intercept this past weekend of a Syrian SA-5 surface-to-air missile. The Arrow anti-ballistic missile system, jointly developed by the U.S. and Israel, was designed to fight Scuds, but not anti-aircraft missiles.

Speaking with reporters on Monday, the officer explained that the Syrian SAM launched against Israeli fighter aircraft “behaved like a ballistic threat [with] an altitude, range and ballistic trajectory” that mimicked the Scud-class targets that the Arrow 2 interceptor was designed to kill.

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